ERIC Number: EJ1060005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Efficacy of Stuttering Measurement Training: Evaluating Two Training Programs
Bainbridge, Lauren A.; Stavros, Candace; Ebrahimian, Mineh; Wang, Yuedong; Ingham, Roger J.
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v58 n2 p278-286 Apr 2015
Purpose: Two stuttering measurement training programs currently used for training clinicians were evaluated for their efficacy in improving the accuracy of total stuttering event counting. Method: Four groups, each with 12 randomly allocated participants, completed a pretest-posttest design training study. They were evaluated by their counts of stuttering events on eight 3-min audiovisual speech samples from adults and children who stutter. Stuttering judgment training involved use of either the Stuttering Measurement System (SMS), Stuttering Measurement Assessment and Training (SMAAT) programs, or no training. To test for the reliability of any training effect, SMS training was repeated with the 4th group. Results: Both SMS-trained groups produced approximately 34% improvement, significantly better than no training or the SMAAT program. The SMAAT program produced a mixed result. Conclusions: The SMS program was shown to produce a "medium" effect size improvement in the accuracy of stuttering event counts, and this improvement was almost perfectly replicated in a 2nd group. Half of the SMAAT judges produced a 36% improvement in accuracy, but the other half showed no improvement. Additional studies are needed to demonstrate the durability of the reported improvements, but these positive effects justify the importance of stuttering measurement training.
Descriptors: Stuttering, Speech Impairments, Accuracy, Measurement Techniques, Training, Pretests Posttests, Audiovisual Communications, Adults, Children, Program Effectiveness, Effect Size, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: DC007893